Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Cloud Computing

July 25, 2018 - While cloud services can help secure your data, save you money and are one of the most critical developments in recent computing history, they don't eliminate the need for a good business continuity or disaster recovery plan. Just read these articles to see why... and to learn about some of the risks involved as well as the way cloud computing is already changing.

Although cloud computing may reduce certain continuity concerns due to the advantages of a distributed infrastructure, it will never eliminate the need for well-tested business continuity (BC) plans. (Item #1)  BC professionals can clear up misperceptions about what the cloud is and provide a robust mechanism to protect the organization even when it relies on "the cloud". (Item #2)  Here are 10 best practices for leveraging the cloud for BC and disaster recovery. (Item #3)

Although cloud adoption should never be thought of as a solution to an organization's DR and BC challenges, it certainly can play a positive role. (Item #4)  Here are the "Treacherous 12," the top security threats organizations face when using cloud services. (Item #5)  These are five of the hottest changes in cloud technology you'll witness in 2018. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Workplace Violence

July 18, 2018 - With the increase in workplace violence, we are almost not surprised to turn on the news and find out about a new incident. The recent shootings at the Capital newspaper in Annapolis are only one example of such an event. The questions we need to answer are how to recognize the signs, what to do about preventing such violence and what needs to be done following a violent incident. This week’s articles can help provide those answers.

By better addressing the underlying causes of workplace violence through enhanced employee wellness programs, we may be able to turn the tide and make our workplaces a safer place. (Item #1)  An expert says we really have to create situational awareness so that everyone understands that active shooters are a society menace --- without creating paranoia. (Item #2)  The risk of workplace violence can be dramatically reduced with good information, good policies, and increased awareness. (Item #3)

Regardless of the type of violence or the location in which it is committed, incidents of workplace violence can often be deterred through early recognition and effective response. (Item #4)  Here are five ways business owners can reduce the risk of workplace violence and protect their employees. (Item #5)  Physical attacks on employees are rare but when they happen, employers should be ready to provide psychiatric resources for victims as they work to cope with trauma. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018


July 11, 2018 - Managing risk may be on of the biggest issues facing businesses of all sizes today. What's your process for risk management? The best approach is to develop an integrated program to which all parts of the organization -- not only the risk management committee -- contribute. Perhaps this week's articles can help you review your process and/or design one that might be more successful.

Business continuity management and enterprise risk management complement one another, and both are necessary in today's high-risk business environment. (Item #1)  This article covers three areas that will help you implement a more strategic way of managing business continuity risks. (Item #2)  Developing business resiliency through integrated risk management must be a top priority for all businesses. (Item #3)

When identifying a potential risk and compliance technology solution, an organization can run into several challenges, including how to balance a changing regulatory landscape while maintaining business as usual and, perhaps most importantly, while continuing to meet performance and profitability expectations. (Item #4)  A recent AON report says that companies are grappling with new risks and lack consensus on how to best prioritize and respond to them. (Item #5)  Here's how to manage small business risks as well as the risk you represent to your company. (Item #6)

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